In the latest in a long line of attacks on freedom of the press, President Trump has once again threatened today to change libel laws to make it easier to sue news organizations, publishers, and others after the publication of an unflattering book. "And I think what the American people want to see is fairness".
He also said on the campaign trail that he would "open up" the country's libel laws - although he later backed off that pledge in an interview with editors and writers at The Times, joking that he personally might be in trouble if the laws were loosened.
The meeting was unlike past Cabinet meetings, which have been marked by officials praising the president.
Michael Wolff questioned Trump's fitness for the presidency in his tell-all book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", about the inner working of the White House. "We're in the position to report facts here, all of that about libel laws, that was just a word salad of nothingness", Smith said of Trump's remarks.
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In Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, author Michael Wolff has questioned Trump's mental fitness, portraying him as child-like with a short attention span. Trump had often complained about U.S. libel laws on the 2016 campaign trail. "Look, the president is upset and frustrated with the misreporting and fake news that regularly takes place".
Just last week, author Michael Wolff published a book detailing what he says are the inner workings of the West Wing.
This month, the Grammy-, Oscar-, and Tony-winning multi-hyphenate weighed in on the GOP-led passage of tax reform, claiming that the new law would blue states, Hollywood employees, and athletes.
But unless you work in journalism, Hollywood or politics, it is unlikely you will ever have to learn much about defamation law, a patchwork of state laws that govern the crime of publishing deliberately false statements about someone with the intent of damaging that person.
When Reince Priebus was the president's chief of staff, he said that changing libel laws is "something we've looked at" - but didn't elaborate on any potential action.